We’ve all fallen victim to fad diets and bad nutrition advice in our quests to adopt a healthier lifestyle. With so many “experts” out there, it’s hard sometimes to distinguish the beneficial from the crazy: Eat standing up to make fat go straight to your legs; no food past 8:00 p.m.; smother everything in cayenne pepper to burn more calories… If someone thinks they can convince a group of people to try something in the name of fitness, they will.
Read below for the top six lies you’re being told about weight loss, and one surprising (really surprising!) truth.
Zero-calorie sweeteners may seem like a dieter’s best friend, but this friend has a dirty little secret and can’t be trusted. Though the long-term health effects are still unclear, researchers have discovered that eating foods with artificial sweeteners when hungry or tired increases one’s likelihood of choosing higher-calorie foods later on. In other words, you’re satisfying your sweet tooth by tricking your body and actually building up your preference for sugar.
Fat is a necessary agent in digestion and nutrient absorption. Vitamins A, D, E and K all are fat soluble, meaning your body can’t gain all those essential vitamins without fat. Fats supply one of the most sustainable, long lasting types of energy. Your body needs it!
Snacking is a wonderful opportunity to work more healthy food into your day and maintain physical and mental energy. Well planned snacks manage hunger and prevent binging, keeping you thinner in the long run.
Though refined carbohydrates, which are high in sugar and heavily processed, may lead to weight gain and increased cardiovascular risk, whole grains and complex carbohydrates actually promote heart health, supply you with energy, and provide you with essential vitamins and minerals. Carbs are your body’s main source of fuel and the fiber in high-quality carbs protects your heart and digestive system. Some of the best sources of carbs come from fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains.
Don’t even get us started on this one. At Green Blender, we live for breakfast, and think you should too. Eating a balanced breakfast gets your metabolism going for the day, and gives you mental clarity and energy. People who skip breakfast are likely to overeat at lunch.
Low-fat or “lite” varieties of packaged foods are often loaded with chemicals and sugar to replace the fat. Since fat gives food lots of flavor, food manufacturers have to add artificial ingredients and chemicals to make the food taste as good. Common additives include salt, high fructose corn syrup, modified food starch (GMO origins), MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, diglycerides (sugar), gums (guar and xanthan)… the list goes on. This mess of chemicals sends your hormones on a rollercoaster ride and make weight management extremely difficult. Their additives not only leave you hungry and malnourished, but may also cause cramps and digestive issues.
Real food (plants, fruits and grains) in its natural, raw state provides your body with more nourishment and vitamins than any pill or diet. When you are well nourished, your cravings for sugar and salt diminish, and you’re more likely to make healthier choices because of how good you feel.
People don’t realize that you can be overweight and malnourished at the same time, but if you’re existing on a diet high in packaged and “quick” foods, your body just won’t be able to function optimally and turn fat into muscle.
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